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April 19, 2003 - Issue 85


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The Center for Disease Control Needs You!!
Resource Page Five


by Mike Snesrud - Senior Tribal Liaison for Policy and Evaluation


Public Health Prevention Service (PHPS) Fellowship

Who is Eligible: Persons eligible for PHPS include professionals with a strong interest in a career in public health and both:

  • A master's degree in public health or a related field
  • U.S. Citzenship
  • A strong desire for a career in public health practice in a state or local health department
  • Above average academic achievement in the core areas of epidemiology / biostatistics, biological / physical / environmental sciences, behavioral / social services, health education / promotion, and management / adminstration
  • At least 1 year of public health-related work experience that includes exposure to program planning, implementation, and evaluation (may include an internship or a community-oriented thesis project)

Description: Participants will be assigned to positions that offer opportunities to apply science-based principles and models in the design, implementation, and evaluation of prevention programs.

The PHPS program offers:

  • Responsible work at community, state, and national levels
  • Career development through PHPS training, seminars, and other CDC-sponsored activities
  • On-the-job training with supervision by experienced public health professionals
  • Opportunities to serve on multidisciplinary teams
  • Exposure to a broad array of prevention programs, and public health issues

In the first year of the PHPS program, participants will have two six-month work assignments at a CDC facility. Each assignment will be in a different program area (e.g., immunization, injury control and prevention) and will focus on skill development and enhancement. Most assignments will involve some travel.

In the second and third years of the program, each participant will have a single assignment with a variety of responsibilities in a state or local health department. All such assignments are based on program needs, although geographic preferences of participants will be accommodated whenever possible.

Program participants will use their technical expertise and skills to develop, implement, and/or evaluate public health projects and programs. Assignment examples may include:

  • Implementing an assessment of vaccination coverage at the local level
  • Developing a manual which provides guidelines for using economic incentives to reduce tobacco use and support tobacco control programs
  • Conducting an investigation of current STD screening, treatment, and prevention practices in juvenile detention centers
  • Designing and implementing a national survey on the impact of managed care on TB control and prevention
  • Developing a statistical model to estimate state childhood lead poisoning prevalence
  • Conducting research on the privatization of public health services and the evolution of public health departments
  • Developing a community campaign to increase bicycle helmet use among children
  • Developing a national arthritis plan
  • Creating and field testing a web page on rabies for children
  • Designing and implementing a community assessment in the prevention and control of syphilis

Upon completing the PHPS program, participants are expected to be highly competitive for future employment with local, state, and federal public health agencies, as well as voluntary, community, and managed-care organizations.

Pay: The current base salary for the first year is $32,380 (plus locality adjustment), with geographic adjustments and increases in the second and third years. Benefits include vacation and sick leave, health insurance, and some relocation expenses.

Duration: Three years.

Contact: PHPS Program, Mailstop D-18, Epidemiology Program Office, CDC, 1600 Clifton Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30333, (404) 639-4087, email:, web:

Deadline: January 15

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Public Health Summer Fellowship for Minority Students

Who is Eligible: Minority students, who are sophomore, junior or senior college students throughout the United States.

Description: Addresses the shortage of minority professionals in public health. Students are exposed to the excitement, relevance and promise of public health at a time when the experience can influence their career choice and professional goals. Participants will have the opportunity to work in a project area such as laboratory study, and epidemiological investigation or a community project. The program is sponsored by Emory University's School of Public Health, the Morehouse School of Medicine, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It utilizes the faculty, staff, and exceptional resources of these three Atlanta institutions.

Pay: Fellows receive an allowance for living expenses at the beginning of the program and a stipend when the program ends in August.

Duration: Full-time for 8 weeks during the summer (June-August).

Contact: The Minority Health Professions Foundation at (404) 634-1993.

Deadline: Late February

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Regular Fellows (Trainees)

Who is Eligible: U.S. citizens and Permanent Resident Visa holders who possess at least a bachelor's degree in a health or scientific field; OR non- citizens who possess a bachelor's degree in a health or scientific field plus three or more years of relevant experience. Non-citizens must possess legal authorization for employment and present proof of such authorization to the CDC Fellowship Program Coordinator prior to appointment.

Description: Provides and encourages training for research relating to the physical and mental diseases and impairments of man; the organization, provision, and financing of health services; and communication of information. Fellows receive training by working on scientific projects for the compilation of existing, or writing of original contributions relating to scientific, social, or cultural advancements in sciences related to health.

Pay: A stipend equivalent to a salary rate of GS-5, Step 1 through GS-9, Step 10 grade levels depending on education and experience.

Duration: Initial appointment is not-to-exceed 1 year. Extensions for additional periods may be made in one-year increments not-to-exceed a total of 7 years. Non-citizens who enter the United States under CDC's Exchange Visitor Program are limited to three years after which Exchange Visitors are required to return to the country from which they came. Extensions past three years are contingent upon approval from the United States Information Agency (USIA).

How to Apply: Send Resume to CDC, HRMO Executive Systems and Fellowship Staff, 4770 Buford Highway, Mailstop K07, Atlanta, Georgia 30341 or email to

Contact: (770) 488-1785

Deadline: Year round

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Steven M. Teutsch Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Prevention Effectiveness Methods at CDC

Who is Eligible: Candidates with certification of completion of the degree
requirements for a Ph.D. in economics, decision analysis, health services research, quantitative policy analysis, operations research, industrial engineering, or a closely related field. Expertise in public health is desirable but not required; rather the fellowship is an opportunity for fellows to learn to apply their skills in quantitative policy analysis in the field of public health.

Description: Provides post-doctoral candidates with expertise in quantitative policy
analysis who wish to gain experience and training in assessing the effectiveness of prevention strategies. Fellows take a lead role in designing and conducting studies; work closely with national and international experts in public health; provide technical assistance throughout CDC on specific projects or methods; and have the opportunity to teach CDC courses in prevention effectiveness methods. In addition, fellows are provided educational opportunities through seminars, training and professional continuing education in public health and economics.

Pay: Salary and benefits are commensurate with other government positions for recent graduates with doctoral degrees. Fellows are responsible for their own move to and from Atlanta and for providing their own housing.

Duration: A period of two years and commence in September.

Contact: CDC, Epidemiology Program Office at (770) 488-8193.

Deadline: February 15.

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Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) (Cooperative Education)

Who is Eligible: Students enrolled in colleges or universities, with established Cooperative Education Programs and who are in good academic standing. A non-citizen may apply provided the individual is lawfully admitted to the U.S. as a permanent resident and will be able to meet citizenship requirements prior to conversion; and is a national of an allied country or is otherwise permitted to be paid under the general appropriation action restriction on pay of non- citizens.

Description: Provides a plan of educational instruction which is designed to strengthen professional, administrative, technical, health, medical, and other occupations in the Federal service. The program also provides periods of study related, paid employment for students who are pursuing a curriculum in a qualifying educational institution.

Pay: Students are paid a salary at the appropriate grade level.

Duration: Students work part-time (at least 16 hours per week) during the academic year and full-time during the summer; or alternate periods of full-time work and school until completion of their degree, depending on the situation. The appointment may not extend beyond 120 calendar days after satisfactory completion of the education and study-related work requirements. Students must work at least 640 hours in a pay status before completion of degree requirements in order to be eligible for conversion to a career- conditional or career appointment.

Contact: College/university cooperative education office.

Deadline: Year round.

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Student Research Program at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Who is Eligible: Undergraduate students from college and universities.

Description: Provides opportunities and support to conduct research on occupational safety and health, especially in communication of these issues. Undergraduates are provided research opportunities in the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Each applicant is considered on a case-by-case basis. Participants should have a background in life sciences, health sciences, physical sciences, communications, safety, occupational health, appropriate science or engineering disciplines. Positions are located in Morgantown, West Virginia; Washington, D. C.; and other approved sites.

Pay: A stipend based on their research area and degree.

Duration: Full-time/part-time and may last up to one year.

Contact: Debbie Alcorn, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) at (865) 576-3428.

Deadline: Year round.

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Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP)

Who is Eligible: Students enrolled in high school, technical or vocation school, 2- year or 4-year college or university, graduate or professional schools. A U.S. citizen or national (resident of American Samoa or Sains Island). [In the absence of qualified U.S. citizens, non- citizens may be eligible for employment if: 1) permitted by a Federal agency's appropriation act, and 2) eligible to work under U.S. immigration laws.]

Description: Job opportunities for students which enable them to earn a salary while continuing their studies. Employment can last for as long as the individual is a student. These employment opportunities need not necessarily be related to the student's academic field of study.

Pay: Students are paid a salary at the appropriate grade level.

Duration: Positions are normally not-to-exceed one year and are renewable in one year increments as long as the individual meets the student eligibility requirement.

Contact: CDC/ATSDR Job Information Center, 4770 Buford Highway, Mailstop K05, Atlanta, GA 30333, (770) 488-1725 to request an application package.

Deadline: Year round.

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Summer Research Internship Program Project IMHOTEP

Who is Eligible: Junior and senior college students are recruited from all historically black colleges and universities in the U.S.

Description: To expose and encourage minorities to consider epidemiology, biostatistics, occupational safety and health or some other public health field as a possible career goal through providing a unique work and training experience in the processing, analysis and presentation of relevant public health data from participating programs.

Interns participate in a 2-week training period which includes a week-long course, "Applied Epidemiology and Public Health Practice" plus training in data processing, epidemiologic methodologies, basic SAS and technical writing. Students are matched with research experts at the CDC to work on specific projects involving important, timely public health issues. The CDC experts serve as preceptors, guiding interns through written and oral presentations. The summer program also includes a required community service project and "Friday Afternoon Seminars" in which CDC professionals speak on various public health topics.

Pay: A cost of living and financial assistance allowance.

Duration: Full-time for 11 weeks during the summer.

Contact: Cynthia Trawick, Morehouse College, at (404) 681-2800, x2733.

Deadline: January 31

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Summer Student Employment Program

Who is Eligible: Students seeking employment for the summer.

Description: Offers temporary job opportunities and enrichment experience primarily during the summer to students interested in working in a public health environment. Positions available normally include clerical, technical, professional and trades

Pay: Students are paid the appropriate grade level designated for the position.

Duration: Normally 3 months during the summer. Program is normally advertised mid-December to early February each year.

Contact: CDC/ATSDR Job Information Center, 4770 Buford Highway, Mailstop K05, Atlanta, GA 30333, (770) 488-1725 for on-line application instructions or an application package.

Deadline: February

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